Welcome to Wildflower Junction, LYN COTE!

A Western, East of the Mississippi?

My latest Love Inspired Historical, Their Frontier Family, is set in Wisconsin in 1869. I know most of us don’t think of Wisconsin as the frontier. But it was part of the country opened up to homesteading in 1862. Western Wisconsin was still wild enough to be included as wilderness.

 

Now this brings the question of what makes a Western romance? To me it includes: an almost unsettled area of the US, Native Americans or other Hispanic characters, and danger–more than the domestic incidents of a prairie romance. Since my book includes all three factors, I believe it rank as definitely a Western. And Iโ€™ll be giving a copy away so donโ€™t forget to leave a comment!

 

My last series for Love Inspired Historical was the Gabriel Sisters, a series of three Quaker sisters who were trying to bind up the wounds of the nation after the Civil War. The final story, Her Healing Ways, centered on Dr. Mercy Gabriel who set out to practice medicine in Idaho. One of her patients was Sunny, a young pregnant prostitute . Dr. Mercy Gabriel sent Sunny and her baby back to Pennsylvania to stay with her family to help her start a new life, one that won’t end with her own daughter being forced into the life Sunny was born into. After I finished writing Mercy’s story, Sunny wouldn’t stop popping up in my mind so I began to write her story.

Again, the aftermath of the Civil War plays a part since Sunny’s hero, Noah Whitmore, served in the Union Army–even though he was raised a Quaker, raised to be a pacifist. So how do a Quaker Union veteran and a young prostitute come into a marriage of convenience and fall in love? Well, that’s my story!

Now do you agree with my definition of a Western romance? What elements DO YOU think make a novel a Western romance?

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Updated: November 1, 2012 — 3:55 pm

21 Comments

  1. Hi Lyn! Welcome to Petticoats & Pistols. I’m already intrigued with Sunny and Noah.

    One of the things I love about western romance is the fight between good and evil, right and wrong, etc. Any setting can have that element, but westerns do it particularly well. Maybe it’s the landscape and the rawness of the land, the fact that physical survival itself was such a battle. Blizzards, droughts, tornadoes, fires . . . It was a hard life for sure.

  2. Hi Lyn,

    I usually think of a western romance as a novel taking place West of the Mississippi, however I can see your point of view. I agree with Victoria about western romances being good at the fight between good and evil.

  3. The Frontier Family sounds like it would be a great read for me. Thanks for sharing.
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  4. Sounds great can’t wait to read. I somehow always thought of westerns as anything that has a horse in it (LOL).

    Have a Blessed Day

  5. Hi Lyn! Welcome back. We’re thrilled to have you. I think the biggest thing that distinguishes a western is unsettled land. And of course, the fight to survive, however they have to do it.

    Love the cover of your new book! It looks great. Your cover artists did a good job. Nice touch with the baby. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Hi Lyn! Welcome to the Junction. You make some key points about Westerns. I agree with your parameters, especially the point about the unsettled frontier. I love your cover, by the way. It definitely has a Western feel.

  7. This sounds like a great book! Westerns are my favorite genre to read but I honestly can’t say why. I think it has to do with a land that is untamed and uncertain but finding that constant: Love! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Hi Lyn, welcome to Wildflower Junction! I had the pleasure of uploading your guest blog and fell in love right away with your pictures, your cover, and your story! A number of my books are set in frontier Nebraska so I definitely consider Midwestern places part of the Old West! Any story set where our country is getting born, where self reliance and faith rule, where men cowboy-up even if they aren’t wrangling cows…these make a Western! God bless and thanks for spending time with us!

  9. Love the cover. To mean Native Americans have to be in the story. I can’t wait to read this…

  10. I always think of Westerns taking place in not too settled places and usually in the 1800’s. I think I find the American Indian the most intriguing but I would never pass up a cowboy lol.

  11. Love Westerns and location doesn’t matter to me as long as it is a frontier and has the love theme of good against evil. I love the cover.

  12. I think the Western needs to have heroes, cows, horses, and bad guys in the story. It usually has a landscape that is hearty and beautiful yet the elements make it a place to be wary and smart.
    Sometimes there is a heroine in the story and sometimes humor. There is always a cowboy who lives by the Code of the West. He loves Mom, apple pie, and is very patriotic.

  13. Thanks for making me feel so welcome, everyone! And thanks for agreeing that my Western can take place just east of the Mississippi. The town is right on the eastern shore of that mighty river.

    And I love that the artist captured the feel of the thick forest that covered ALL of WI at that time. Just clearing the land was a major taste with only rudimentary tools. My hero would have loved a chain saw!!!

  14. That should read MAJOR TASK–not taste!

  15. Westerns for me are untamed areas… books that include not only personal conflict, but outside influences too… whether nature, conflicts with native americans, robbers, wranglers, etc. Thank you so much for sharing with us all today! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. I agree with you Lyn. I believe a western is categorized as a western if it has more than the normal trials and tribulations of frontier life, mix in some American Indians or Mexicans and have the country lawman or Texas Ranger. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love a good western romance! ๐Ÿ˜€

    ๐Ÿ˜€ Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

  17. Welcome Lyn,,,enjoyed the post,,I love westerns no matter where they are,,that gives them some more Character

  18. The top photo is taken from my front porch. The second is the Mississippi River shore where the story is set.

    I live right next to the Lac du Flambeau –the Lake of the Torches–Reservation and I have an Ojibwa woman in the story. Very close to home.

  19. I love westerns and I agree with you on what a western should be. Your book sounds fabulous and I would love to read it.

  20. When I think of Western romance novels the following elements come to mind: unsettled land, horses, cattle, Texas Rangers, American Indians, detailed descriptions of the surrounding landscape so you feel as if you are there – whether it be dusty or muddy! People striving to survive the physical elements such as lightning storms, fires, a lack of water and having an awareness of the beauty of God’s creation! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Jes

  21. Well, Jes, I have everything but the TX Ranger. You’ll have to try my book Her Abundant Joy for him!

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